High flying Brighton will host Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.
If the first two games are anything to go by, Brighton have a promising season ahead of them. New manager Graham Potter has picked up four points from the first six available. Brighton traveled to Vicarage Road in the first week to play Watford. Based on Watford’s exploits last season, it was a tough fixture. But the Seagulls ran riot, winning 3-0 in the end. In the next match, they faced West Ham at home. The game ended in a 1-1 draw but the performance was received warmly by the home fans.
This season is Brighton’s third consecutive campaign in the Premier League. They gained promotion to the top flight in 2017 under Chris Hughton. He kept them safe from relegation in the past two seasons despite the limited squad at his disposal. Last season the Seagulls were in grave danger of going down, but they managed to stay afloat in the end. The hierarchy at the club wanted a change, and they decided to relieve Hughton of his duties.
Potter is known for his attacking philosophy, and that is clear to see from the first two games. He has adopted a three-man defence, with great emphasis on fast football. New signings like Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay have settled in well, and both have already scored for their new club. Potter has many options which he can slot into his front three. The likes of Aaron Mooy and Florian Andone should push for starts as well. It is certainly a nice problem to have for the Brighton manager.
As for Southampton, their start to the season hasn’t been as good. They have lost both the games so far and lie in 19th spot in the table. Ralph Hassenhuttl has failed to carry over the promise from last season till now. The Saints faced Burnley in their first game. It was a terrible start for them, and they lost 3-0 at Turf Moor. Burnley were all over them, and they had the upper hand even though Southampton dominated possession.
Their second game was much tougher on paper as they faced Liverpool at home. Despite being the better team in the first half, Liverpool’s individual quality made the difference. Southampton made it tough in the second half as well but fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat. Even though they couldn’t salvage a draw, the display must have boosted their confidence.
Three of the last four meetings between Brighton and Southampton have ended in draws. They last played in March, when Southampton claimed a 1-0 win.
Brighton vs Southampton Prediction
Considering the form of each side, Brighton will be the favorites to pick up the three points. Graham Potter has had a great impact so far, and that should make the difference. Both sides should score, and the total goals should be over 2.5 in the game. Southampton should give a good account of themselves, but the home side should get the win.